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Standard Houses, Perspective

A work made of graphite and conté crayon on board.

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  • A work made of graphite and conté crayon on board.


Unknown Date


Bertrand Goldberg
American, 1913–1997

About this artwork

In 1939 Bertrand Goldberg founded Standard Houses Corporation to develop and produce a line of houses built with high-tech, prefabricated plywood panels. Instead of the stark modern lines of his other home designs of the period, however, the Standard Homes were modeled after traditional Cape Cod or Colonial styles with gabled roofs, shutters, and optional fireplaces. Goldberg’s stylistic shift for this project attests to his grasp of American popular taste—often trending toward nostalgia and pastoralism—at a moment of housing crises in major cities and suburban expansion, trends that only accelerated after World War II.

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Architecture and Design, Gallery 285


Bertrand Goldberg (Architect)


Standard Houses, Perspective


United States


Designed 1939


Graphite and Conté crayon on board


38 × 51 cm (15 × 20 in.)

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The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate

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